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Hessen, in English Hesse, is one of the 13 non-city/area states of Germany. It is located near the centre of the country, surrounded by Lower Saxony, Thuringia, Bavaria, Baden-Wurttemberg, Rhineland-Palatinate, and North Rhine-Westphalia on various sides, completely locking it in the mainland. Hesse is considered as the richest German non-city state in terms of GDP per capita, having Frankfurt-am-Main (Germany's financial capital) as its largest city and Wiesbaden as its political capital. Darmstadt and Kassel played the former centres of the state until 1945, when the modern state of Hesse (also known as Greater Hesse), was formed out of the Prussian provinces of Hesse-Darmstadt and Hesse-Nassau. Culturally, the region of Hesse shares its glory with Rhineland-Palatinate, being collectively called as Rhenish Hesse. This does not blur the line of the administrative divisions though, and is only considered for its cultural value. 

Hesse has a total land area of 21,000 square kilometres, roughly the size of Israel or the U.S. state of New Jersey. Famous people including Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (writer), Jakob and Wilhelm Grimm (writers, collectively known as Brothers Grimm), Henri Nestle (confectioner and founder of Nestle), and Paul Reuters (founder of worldwide newswire) are all sons of Hesse.

 

What to see & do

Being an important commercial centre and state, Hesse is gifted with both man-made and natural points of interests that draw tourists from all parts of the world. Here are some of the more notable destinations in the area. 

Stadel - Officially the Stadelsches Kunstinstitut und Stadtische Galerie, the Stadel houses one of the most important collections in Germany. It is an art museum cum library, containing at least 2,700 paintings (600 of which are on display), 100,000 drawings and prints, 600 sculptures, and over 100,000 books and 400 periodicals. It was founded by the Frankfurt banker and merchant Johann Friedrich Stadel, and was officially opened to the public during the same time. At some point in time, the gallery was closed and forgotten, before it was the re-discovered and re-established. Collections of the gallery include European paintings from seven centuries, beginning within the 14th century down to the modern times. Some of the more important works include that of Botticelli, Veneto, Rembrandt, Vermeer, Degas, and many others. Conservation and restoration works also take place in the gallery.

Frankfurt Skyline - The now modern yet partly traditional city of Frankfurt boasts of its ever changing skyline, a current sight which fits its attempt and success in embracing the new age. At a vista, travellers may enjoy the

twinkling lights and stylised buildings of the city, while having a pint or two.

Kurhaus (cure house) in Wiesbaden - The Kurhaus is the spa house in Wiesbaden, one of the major cities in Germany. It serves as the city's convention centre, and is the social centre of the spa town with many events through the year. It was once called "the most beautiful spa building in the world" by Kaiser Wilhelm II, who visited the spa every year in May. Some 14 (out of the old 26 thermal springs) in the Kurhaus are still functioning, while it is also credited as the inspiration of Dostoyevsky's novel, "The Gambler" for its Wiesbaden Casino or Spielbank, which is notable for allowing the "highest roulette stakes in Germany" (as of 2005). More than its purpose and the leisure it gives to locals and tourists alike, its beauty stands out among the now nearly modern Wiesbaden, an Art Nouveau piece created to be an iconic destination in the city.

 

How to get around within Hesse 

Railways are the most extensive and most important modes of transport in Hesse and the rest of Germany. It connects most of the German states to each other, while within the administrative divisions, regional trains are also present. And while other modes, such as cabs, cars, carriages, buses, and many others are available, the trains remain as the most reliable and quickest way to move from point to point. Various tickets, from single rides to day-long unlimited travel on local trains are available, while the Hessenticket - used locally in Hesse - is also available. The Hessenticket can be used within the local trains of Hesse and Mainz for the whole day for up to five people (in one ticket). If opting for something more intimate and novel, walking would be the best way to go around, especially when roaming and batting the streets of the central business districts and the five independent cities of Hesse. 

 

How to get there

The Frankfurt am Main Airport, or simply the Frankfurt Airport, is the main international airport in Hesse and is one of the more important airports in Germany. It serves the greater Hesse area, as well as the city of Frankfurt. For travellers who are planning to tour Hesse, the Frankfurt am Main Airport is the best place to land. Airlines that travel the destination include Aeroflot, Air Canada, Air France, Alitalia, All Nippon Airways, British Airways, Asiana, Condor, Delta, EgyptAir, Emirates, Germania, Etihad, KLM, Lufthansa, Qatar Airways, Saudia, Swiss International Airlines, US Airways, and Transaero, among others. 

Flights to Hesse

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